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In Post/review

September 1, 2014

I have just tried and tested a new to me delivery service – In Post. I needed to send a heavy parcel within UK, it would cost £ 13 via Royal Mail. Back from the post office I came, off to an  Interparcel website. And there I found what must have been the cheapest courier service in the world!

In Post is a ‘drop off’ service which meant that I had to print all the documents at home and drop the parcel off at a location stated on the website.

I was a little worried it wouldn’t work… I have never heard of it nor have I found reviews on-line…

To my delight I found what looked like a huge porto cabin not far away from our home. Upon scanning a barcode on one of the labels door automatically opened, I put the parcel in, shut the door and then could choose to have a confirmation slip sent to my e-mail address or have it printed on the spot.

And all of this for just under £ 2! The parcel was delivered in 7 calendar days. At the time the tracking service on Interparcel site didn’t work but via chat I got to speak to a help desk and was promised they would contact In Post on my behalf. Within few days I got a screen shot of the delivery notice with recipient signature straight to my e-mail box.

I thought I would mention the service here, not just for you, my readers but for anyone searching for reviews on In Post: it does exactly what it says, highly recommend!


August 27, 2014


I was tidying a bouquet today and have decided to dry wilted roses upside down when some of the petals fell off. Their shape and especially form and colour caught my eye. Wouldn’t they make lovely vessels? Or little boats for tiny creatures? Here they are arranged with some eucalyptus leaves I found on yesterday’s walk and with green ones from our garden.

leaves composition

I have kept the old roses so that I could have a closer look at the way their petals are constructed and perhaps, interpret it freely in felt. During last school year I was teaching feltmaking classes which will resume again in September and one of the project will be complex flower brooch. Today, I made a prototype and as it often happens, one idea leads to another so I might try few more designs.

felted brooch

memories of summer

August 25, 2014

The sun came out this morning, after a week of shades of greys and heavy rains. I spotted this T-shirt in my cupboard, it reminded my of  the summer, the blue sky and the warmth – all so good for indigo dyeing. 

indigo dyed T


ps: viscose dyes just so beautifully…


August 6, 2014

We spent the last weekend in Plocton on the West Coast of Scotland. It’s a picture perfect place, with palm trees growing and the vegetation double in size. Tiny village with a beautiful harbour where ship race with morning clouds and the only sound you hear is busy bees. For few more images, please click here.


Plocton harbour

a little encouragement

August 1, 2014

I have read this recently and though it was in a different context I thought about it in connection with on-line presence and the ‘world of likes, followers, statistics’.

‘…Sometimes culture says bigger is better – that size is the truest measure of success. It takes a strong person to resist that trend…

It’s not that numbers aren’t important.. Numbers represent living people…

… but numbers mustn’t be the basis for self-esteem.’

(source – Our Daily Bread)


July 30, 2014

abstract painting


Just finished painting  few rooms in the house. I say I won’t do this job again, find it so dull and monotonous. But –  when I see the freshly painted walls I forget…

As I was washing the tray with half dry paint, scratching and scrubbing and brushing this image appeared. Made me think of  surfaces and mediums which could be used to achieve similar textures following the same random process.


July 25, 2014

The sky has been this blue in the Scottish Highlands for quite some time now


my indigo vat is turning out nicely

Indigo blue

It’s the organic vat developed by a master dyer genius Michel Garcia. If you can-  take a class with him, not just on indigo, anything, he is a wealth of knowledge and I love how he approaches natural dyeing from chemistry and botany point of view. If you can’t take the class, you can always buy DVDs he produced with Yoshiko Wada.


In the second DVD he demonstrates how to achieve many colours on wool, including indigo and the famous Mayan blue.


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